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Grand Staircase, Heritage Days & Calf Creek Falls in Escalante, Utah

Best things to do in Escalante Utah - Ranger Rose McHenry - Metate Arch at Devils Garden

I’m really excited to interview Rosanne McHenry, author of “Trip Tales: From Family Camping to Life as a Ranger,” about Escalante, Utah. She visited Escalante because it’s the gateway city to the Grand Staircase National Monument. And Rosanne’s tips for the best things to do in Escalante are awesome because she shares how this small town offers everything a traveler needs when visiting the local trails.

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Best things to do in Escalante Utah - Ranger Rose McHenry - Devils Garden

Devils Garden

Escalante, Utah

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Escalante, Utah Travel Guide, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.


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Best things to do in Escalante Utah - Ranger Rose McHenry - Rose at Lower Calf Creek Falls by Paige Quattlebaum

Rose at Lower Calf Creek Falls. Photo by Paige Quattlebaum.

Getting around Escalante

Roseanne suggests flying into Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), which is 275 miles from Escalante. From the airport, you can rent a car and drive to Escalante. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Roseanne says that your best option is to rent a car to get to Escalante from Salt Lake City. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or HertzUber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around once you get into town and don’t want to drive.

Best things to do in Escalante Utah - Ranger Rose McHenry - View of Calf Creek Canyon from Kiva Koffehouse

View of Calf Creek Canyon from Kiva Koffehouse.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Rosanne McHenry about Escalante, Utah. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Escalante, Utah
  • Green dots = best things to do in Escalante, Utah
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Escalante, Utah

Who is Rosanne McHenry?

Rosanne S. McHenry is a former U.S. National Park and California State Park Ranger. She has worked in many different parks throughout the West and has traveled across the world in her duties as a ranger. Rosanne is the author of the popular book ‘Trip Tales: From Family Camping to Life as a Ranger‘ (Amazon affiliate link). This five-star collection of entertaining short stories details how family camping adventures as a child inspired her to become a National Park Ranger.

Rosanne lives in Auburn, California. She is currently working on her second book, which talks about her wild adventures as a California State Park Ranger working along the American River. When asked why she wrote the book, Rosanne answers: “I want people to read these fun adventure stories and feel inspired to go outdoors and enjoy nature. This beautiful planet, our Earth, belongs to each of us.”

Best things to do in Escalante Utah - Ranger Rose McHenry close up


Here are a few camping podcasts she recommends:

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Best things to do in Escalante Utah - Ranger Rose McHenry - North Fork Narrows

North Fork Narrows

Stay tuned for our next episode

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  1. Excellent podcast, Rose! I always learn so much listening to you. I always wondered about the difference between national parks and national monuments. Thank you!

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